A Culinary Tradition.


The first month of Islamic lunar calendar is Muharram and it is known as Ashure Ayi in Turkish. Ashure (Noah’s Pudding) is a pudding made out of many different ingredents such as wheat, rice, beans, chick peas, dried fruits and other nuts to celebrate peace, wealth, friendship and affection. On the tenth day of Muharram, people all around Turkey make Ashure pudding at home and distribute to their neighbourhood as a celebration and sharing of peace, wealth, friendship and love.

This important event is celebrated in Turkey and neigbourng countries by different religious and ethnic groups with a pudding. Some relate this event to Noah’s Ark and the Great Flood. It is believed they have celebrated their landing on the dry land with a pudding cooked out of leftovers.

Ashure has a unique place among other Turkish desserts as it contains no animal products. One of the  reason behind it is arguably protesting all kinds of violence and bloodshed. Alevites in Turkey are the prominent group to promote this pudding, traditionally cooking and sharing it following the days of fasting in which they abstain meat. Among Turkish and Balkan Sufis (especially Bektashi), the ashure pudding is prepared with special prayers for health, healing, safety, success and spiritual nourishment. Ashura is also cooked in large cauldrons outside to give out to passersby on the tenth day of Muharram, the first month of the Muslim’s lunar calendar.

Ashure was traditionally consumed during the cold winter months as it is rich in calories, but in the mondern times especially int he cities is sold in pudding shops and enjoyed all the year around. You can find Ashure in any pudding or dessert shop in Istanbul.

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Ashure pudding has many different recipes changing from region to region, even families have their own recipe. Below you can see a recipe on youtube for this amazing pudding to try at home.